16 August 2009 by Published in: Blogging 4 comments

We’re back home after 8 wonderful days in California. As I said before we left, there was no Civil War this trip. Instead, the trip was all about family and relaxing, which I desperately needed.

We flew Southwest. For those of you unfamiliar with Southwest, it’s kind of like the Greyhound of the sky. There is no assigned seating, and there are typically multiple stops on every flight. Our flight on the way home started somewhere else, had its first stop in San Jose, where we got on, went to Burbank, to Las Vegas (where we got off), San Antonio, and then on to Philadelphia, where it ended.

We changed planes in Las Vegas and flew home to Columbus from there. The flight crew that we had from San Jose to Las Vegas also changed planes and ended up on our same flight. Along the way, we had made friends with one of the flight attendants, who lives in York, PA, and whose husband is ex-military and is interested in Civil War history. She asked for a card with the name of Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg written on it.

When we got into Columbus, the flight attendant not only gave us a shout-out for having been with them all day, she gave my historical work a shout-out, too. I was shocked by it, and was also incredibly embarrassed by it. That has to rank in my top five embarrassing incidents. At the same time, it was incredibly flattering, and it was very thoughtful of her to do that.

That was pretty much the full extent of the Civil War stuff for the entire trip, except for my finishing up an article for Dana Shoaf for one of his magazines. It’s nice to be home, and it was really nice to get a break from both life and from my historical work.

Tomorrow, this blog will get back to its regular business. I hope you’ve enjoyed your break from my rantings. I know I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Paul MacInnis
    Mon 17th Aug 2009 at 9:12 am

    Welcome back Eric.I have a few questions for you and your readers.My son and I are going to Mississippi in October to take in a college football game (Ole Miss vs. Alabama) as well as visit Vicksburg.If you only had to recommend one book to read on Vicksburg what would it be ? (I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that Winston Groom’s will NOT be your choice ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and further is there a guide at Vicksburg you would recommend ? Thanks. Paul

  2. James Durney
    Mon 17th Aug 2009 at 11:12 am

    Don’t be embarrassed take a bow, you have earned it.

  3. Andrew
    Mon 17th Aug 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I second that James.

  4. Rick Allen
    Mon 17th Aug 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Welcome back bro! Hope you guys had a wonderful, relaxing getaway!

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